I love makeup, but I dread having to clean my makeup brushes. If you have several makeup brushes you know what a daunting task it is to have to clean them all. I’ll be completely honest and admit that I don’t wash my brushes nearly as often as I should. I have acne prone skin which means I really need to be cleaning my makeup brushes at least once a week. But do I? No. I even buy multiples of the same makeup brushes for those times when I just don’t feel like cleaning them. I always ask myself.. Are they really that dirty? I can use this brush a few more times. Umm. Diana, NO. JUST NO.
Makeup brushes harbor a lot of dirt and bacteria that lead to breakouts. This is why it’s really important to clean your makeup brushes often. Makeup brushes are expensive so you want to make sure that you clean them safely in order to avoid damaging the bristles/hairs.
Today I am going to share with you how you can safely clean your makeup brushes.
Items needed to clean makeup brushes
I normally clean my brushes at night so that they can dry overnight.
To clean your brushes start by running your bristles under lukewarm water holding the brushes downwards. During the entire cleaning process avoid holding the brush upwards because water can damage your brushes by loosening up the glue therefore ruining your brushes. After running them under the luke warm water, fill a tiny bowl with enough lukewarm water to be able to soak the brushes in there without the water touching the actual handle of the brush. I hope this makes sense!
After soaking them for about 2-3 minutes I pour a small amount of baby shampoo onto the top of the brush and VERY gently swirl the brush into the brush cleaning mat to work up a lather. Rinse with warm water and repeat until the water runs clear. I purchased this mat at TJ Maxx for under $10! You can also find them in different places which I’ve linked below.
After repeating this process for each brush, I wrap the bristles of each brush with a paper towel and gently squeeze any excess water. I then lay them at an angle in the empty bowl to allow them to air dry. When I feel like making a bigger effort, I wrap up a towel and lay the brush against it at an angle.
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